TSU awarded thousands of dollars to help students with disabilities

TENNESSEE — Tennessee State University has been awarded thousands to help students with disabilities.

The award, a $284,000 grant, is to help students with intellectual and developmental disabilities and TSU is the first public institution in Middle Tennessee to offer an inclusive higher education program, a release said.

According to officials, TSU is among four higher education institutions to receive the Tennessee Believes grant from the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD).

TSU’s grant will be spread over two years to create TigerEDGE (Educate, Develop, and Grow for Employability), the schools said.

The non-degree certificate program will allow young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to experience college life while also preparing them for employment.

The program will target the enrollment of eight students in Fall 2022.

“TigerEDGE gives participants an “Edge” in their transition to independent adulthood by providing person-centered inclusive learning and choice,” said Dr. Anita McGaha, director of disability services at TSU and the grant’s principal investigator. “The services delivered will focus on improving the quality of life through the development of social skills, academics, career, and job readiness.”

“The experience of learning, living, and working together in an inclusive environment enhances the lives of all students and the TSU community as a whole.  I am thankful for President Glenda Glover’s leadership in encouraging an inclusive learning environment and in providing all students an opportunity to succeed,” she said.

To learn more about the program and TSU’s Office of Disability Services, visit https://www.tnstate.edu/disabilityservices/.